Soldiers Are Firing Off Spider-Man-Like Nets From Grenades to Down Enemy Drones

A Class of 2022 U.S. Military Academy at West Point new cadet shoots a M203 grenade launcher for the first time during Cadet Basic Training, July 31, 2018. (credit: U.S. Army/Michelle Eberhart)

A Class of 2022 U.S. Military Academy at West Point new cadet shoots a M203 grenade launcher for the first time during Cadet Basic Training, July 31, 2018. (credit: U.S. Army/Michelle Eberhart)

February 15, 2019 | Source: Business Insider, businessinsider.com, Ryan Pickrell, 8 February 2019

It's likely that whoever US troops fight in the next war, these enemies will be armed with drones. That's why Army researchers have invented a smart and cost-effective way to bring them down.

The US Army has invented a new grenade in the 40 mm configuration that is packed with a net and specifically designed to take out enemy drones.

The weapon, which was developed by Army engineers at the Armament Research, Development, and Engineering Center (ARDEC) in New Jersey, can be launched from the standard grenade launchers regularly used by the US military and law enforcement.

The projectile contains a net with weights, the patent detailed. As the round nears the target, a signal from a control board releases the net stored inside, according to the recent patent.

The weapon can theoretically be used to counter both single and swarming drones.